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Nine Favorite Things.

As you can see, we finally had our first big snow of the season this week. It started on Sunday and pretty much continued throughout the week. Not any serious accumulation really, but man it was cold. Twenty degrees on Friday morning and I was freezing my butt off. Fortunately, we’ve warmed up and yesterday was gorgeous.

Most might say it’s too early for this kind of weather, and I totally agree, but it sure is cozy. And it’s getting me crazy excited for the holiday season that’s right around the corner. I’ve been lighting autumn candles every night and it’s just perfect. I’m leaving for LA this week, and honestly, it going to be hard.

Speaking of which…yes, I’m headed to LA this week! Very excited for this trip. We’re filming something fun. It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before, so you better believe I’m nervous. It’s a nervous excitement though, so I really can’t wait!! As always, there’s so much prep before any kind of trip, but especially this one. Logistics of travel are stressful, but I’m in a good place now and can’t wait!

My family is also traveling to California this week. They’re headed first to Carlsbad for the weekend, then all the way up to Tahoe to spend the week. Asher is on fall break. So they figured they’d head to Tahoe before it gets too cold there and enjoy some more fall weather. Though Asher wishes she was heading to LA with me. Someday I’ll get to bring her. I’ll have to surprise her with a fun agenda.

Let’s see what else. That kind of sums things up around here up in a nutshell. Oh, wait!! I’m missing two BIG events. First, my cousin Maggie and her husband Tom welcomed their first little guy into the world, Walker Conrad Galla. He’s a healthy little peanut at 7 pounds 4 ounces and arrived at 9:21 am on October 10th! So happy for this now family of three. I can’t wait to meet Walker in December!

And then! Little man Oslo celebrated his first birthday on the 11th! How is he already a year old? We didn’t do too much since he had a little party back in Cleveland, but he got some ice cream and seemed like the happiest little kid. He’s getting SO BIG.

Last thing, thank you all for your messages on last week’s favorites post. I loved hearing all of your suggestions. I’m definitely taking notes on everything suggested. Thank you!

1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…

loving…the Tata Harper restorative eye cream. I mentioned this a few weeks ago and have been using it morning and night. The tired-looking fine lines under my eyes have basically disappeared. LOVE this eye cream.

loving…Zara sweaters. This hoodie knit would be a great everyday staple, and this wool turtleneck is so cozy for fall/winter.

listening to…Jessica Alba on Life with Mariana. Really great conversation on creating your own business.

ordered…The Beis 29″ Large Check-In Roller. I try to never check a bag, but I have to for my upcoming trip. I love my Beis carry-on, so this was an obvious choice.

burning…link these Golden Light Taper candlesticks. So pretty. I love the detail.

loving…the 111 SKIN masking planner. Great if you love a weekly sheet mask.

ordered…a big Aritzia haul. Especially love these vegan leather pants, knit sweater, and cozy fleece hoodie.

thinking of ordering…these casual Levis. They’d be cute with any fall boot.

following…Frances Loom for home decor.

loving…Arrae supplements. These are really great if you struggle with bloating or anxiety.

drinking…the goblet of fire cocktail. This one was so much fun to photograph.

thinking about ordering….Trade Coffee. We love coffee, but never switch up our beans. Trade seems like it would be a great way to try out new beans. Has anyone used them before?

loving…Milbon shampoo and condition. Love the look and feel of my hair after using these.

Nine Favorite Things | halfbakedharvest.com

2. Nine soup recipes for October.

Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup | halfbakedharvest.com

Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup

30 Minute Thai Chicken Meatball Khao Soi | halfbakedharvest.com #thai #coconut #healthy

Weeknight Thai Chicken Meatball Khao Soi

Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Rosemary Bacon | halfbakedharvest.com

Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Rosemary Bacon

Creamy French Onion and Mushroom Soup | halfbakedharvest.com

Creamy French Onion and Mushroom Soup

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup with Salty Lime Chips | halfbakedharvest.com

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup with Salty Lime Chips

Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup | halfbakedharvest.com

Healthier Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup

20 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen | halfbakedharvest.com #soup #instantpot #ramen #fallrecipes

30 Minute Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen

Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana | halfbakedharvest.com #instantpot #soup #slowcooker #winter

Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana

Creamy Wild Rice Chicken Soup with Roasted Mushrooms | halfbakedharvest.com #slowcooker #crockpot #instantpot #soup #wildrice

Creamy Wild Rice Chicken Soup with Roasted Mushrooms

Crockpot Beef Chili

3. New moody finds for the fall tablescape.

4. Favorite questions of the week.

q: where do you get your recipe inspiration from?
a: I get inspiration from everywhere, it’s not just one place. I find a lot of inspo through things like fashion, design, and colors. I know that sounds odd but I always see a recipe first in my head, then I put it on paper. So I work backward from knowing how I want a recipe to look, to then writing the ingredients down. It’s a process I could never explain really, but it makes sense in my head. And then, of course, my family and travel! My fam is always sending me ideas and I love to travel for inspo too.

q: when it snows, do you still go hiking? or snowshoeing?
a: I usually just hike. I hate putting on snowshoes, but it would probably be better if I did. They beat down the path quicker than just hiking in boots.

q: what’s your favorite Halloween candy?
a: Malley’s Chocolate bars or Reese’s peanut butter cup.

q: favorite Halloween movie?
a: of course, I love Hocus Pocus (soo excited they’re making a new one). And all the Halloweentown movies. And I know Harry Potter is not Halloween, but it’s always fun to watch this time of year.

q: how did you learn how to style your food so well for pictures?
a: I developed my style over time. It wasn’t an overnight thing that I just knew how to do. I used to style clothes, so I think I took all that energy and put it into styling food. I love to make things look pretty, but it definitely took time! Go look at the early photos on HBH…they’re bad. See my first-ever blog post here.

q: I’m moving out for the first time and need some recommendations on how to make my new place my own?
a: you definitely need the kitchen essentials…a cast iron skillet, cutting board, knives, coffee maker, etc. And then I’d add a few things you love, like a favorite mug or wine glass. The same goes for the rest of your space, make it cozy with throws and photos you love. Add some fun pieces and have fun creating a space that’s yours. Try some new things to figure out what you like/don’t like. And since its fall add candles and pumpkins ?

q: do you have a hot apple cider recipe?
a: I do! You can grab it here.

q: where did you get the gold flatware you’ve been using?
a: Zara home.

q: going to Colorado in a few days! Best spots to see fall colors?
a: honestly, anywhere up in the mountains is going to be stunning. Aspen especially, Summit County too, but Aspen is extra special. And I haven’t been there, but Telluride and Crested Butte will be the same!

q: how often do you get trolled/unhelpful or mean comments? And how do you not let it get to you?
a: every day. But at this point, it’s easier to ignore than it was at first. There are some days when it just gets to you though and will put me in a funk the rest of the day. It’s not always easy. But I try to not give it any energy and just use it more as fuel to keep pushing on. I always say, if you don’t have haters you’re not doing something right. Haters hate on people who are doing cool things/things they wish they could do.

q: go-to meal after a long flight when you’re hungry, but also want to sleep?
a: over-easy eggs with a side of buttered bread (like a rustic style sourdough or something) and avocado. It’s a great late-night go-to, it’s always good. I love a runny yolk with toast for dipping. Plus, I usually always have eggs in the fridge and bread in the freezer. So it’s great after traveling when you have zero groceries.

5. Do you overthink everything?

(found on Pinterest)

I’ve been an over-thinker my whole life. It’s never been easy for me to make a decision whether big or small. I overthink everything, travel, work, new recipes to create, what I said, what I wear, and things that are way out of my control. And this week was bad. I’m not sure what happened, but mentally this week killed me. I started to overthink every move I was making. This was especially apparent when working on new recipes this week. Normally, I have ideas in mind and I pick a couple to work on each day without too much thought.

But this week, every idea I had just wasn’t good enough and I spent so much time going back and forth, back and forth. When what I should have done was just stop thinking and start creating. I ended up having what felt like the most unproductive week I’ve had in a while.

I listened to a podcast that reminded me that so many of us waste time just thinking and never doing. Or thinking about things that are out of our control. It’s the overthinking that stops us from getting what we want, and we end up just getting in our own way.

When I heard that, I entered into the next day with the mindset of “stop thinking and just do”. So instead of going back and forth on what recipes to test, I just ran with the first ideas I had and didn’t think twice about whether they’d be good for cozy weather, easy enough, or popular enough. And finally, I had two solid days of work after a wash of a week.

Long story short, I was reminded this week just how much I can let stress and anxiety overcome my thoughts. Changing my mindset to just stop thinking and do, was so helpful. So, I guess this is your simple reminder that overthinking things just sets you back and you gotta just do it!

question: how do you all deal with overthinking? If you have any tips, please let me know!

6. Inspiring me this week…fall flower arrangements.

(perfect moody fall vibes, via Pinterest)

(the mix of dahlias is so pretty, via Pinterest)

(would be pretty for a fall wedding, via Pinterest)

(darker for fall, via Pinterest)

(love these warm colors, via Pinterest)

(this is the perfect color scheme, via Instagram

7. Favorite links I’m loving…

27 Host and Hostess Gifts to Get the Party Started…the holidays are fast approaching.

13 Camel Coats We Want to Splurge On vs. 17 More Affordable Options…this wool Zara coat is perfection.

7 Target Shopping Hacks…who doesn’t love a good Target Hack?

Skip the Salon…here’s how you do a mani-pedi at home.

Step Inside a Mesmerizing Hancock Park, L.A., Home…love the wood beams throughout.

How to Get Over the Fear of Not Being Good Enough…taking notes.

Kosas Makeup is 20% Off…also loved the how-to makeup tutorial.

These Vegetarian Dinners Will Nourish Your Body…yum, these all sound great.

Inside Martha Hunt’s Cozy Manhattan Home…so cute.

These Are the Only Knife Sets Worth Buying…these Japanese knives are so pretty.

35 of the Best Gifts for Travelers…holiday travel is fast approaching.  Love the Beis weekender bag. My mom just purchased the plaid.

7 of the Best Safari Experiences in Africa, According to a Travel Expert…if you happen to be planning a trip, these look incredible.

8. New style finds for fall.

9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats…

Cider Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Onions | halffbakedharvest.com

Monday: Cider Braised Short Ribs with Caramelized Onions

Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili | halfbakedharvest.com

Tuesday: Healthy Slow Cooker Chipotle Bean Chili

Easy Ginger Chicken and Spinach Ramen | halfbakedharvest.com

Wednesday: Easy Ginger Chicken and Spinach Ramen

Thursday: Sweet Potato Lentil Curry with Crispy Sesame Chickpeas

Brown Butter Pumpkin Tortellini Alla Vodka | halfbakedharrvest.com

Friday: Brown Butter Pumpkin Tortellini Alla Vodka

The Grave Digger | halfbakedharvvest.com

Saturday: The Grave Digger

Cinnamon Knots with Coffee Icing | halfbakedharvest.com

Sunday: Cinnamon Knots with Coffee Icing

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  1. Hey Tieghan!

    Been loving reading your nine favorite things emails, it truly is a highlight of my week! Question about hiking during the colder months, do you swear by any base layers or clothing to keep you warm? Any particular hiking shoes you enjoy, especially during the colder months? My husband and I have hiked several parks but almost always in warmer temps!

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks so much for reading along and thinking of me! I really love Salomon boots for hiking. Really any base layers that are tight and meant for colder weather are great, North Face has some great options. I think that layering is key and once you start moving it’s not so bad! Thanks for your message! xTieghan

  2. Hey Tieghan,

    I love what you said about photography the question you got. I saw your first pics what a difference a few years make. I am constantly taking pics with my phone and sharing on my FB biz page making posts for my personal chef business. It’s always a struggle to get good quality stunning pictures. I feel like I am doing good if there’s no shadows in my pics. If you have any great tips please do share I’ll be forever grateful. Also, I love your comment about how u deal with the haters and mean comments. Firstly, your blog is so amazing every day its the first thing I check. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say I get about 90% of my recipes from you. I’ve shared with others your recipes. Speaking about recipes please keep the pumpkin recipes coming. I promise you could do pumpkin every day and I wouldn’t grow tired. This last week I made the Pumpkin Tortellini recipe you shares it was excellent!! What’s your favorite pumpkin dessert and entree dish to make and or eat are they the same?? I’m craving a Risotto what would you recommend?? How do u think it would be with Pumpkin?? What is Asher’s favorite thing you make?? Is she a picky eater or she’ll eat pretty much anything you make?? When it comes to making decisions go with your first instinct you almost certainly won’t be wrong. The more you think about things the harder things probably get I imagine. I hope you had an amazing trip to LA can’t wait to hear all about the fun shoot you did.

    1. Hey Mike! Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post, I really appreciate it and I am so glad you’re enjoying the recipes! xTieghan

  3. An answer to your question about overthinking…I saw a comment/post/something the other day that said, “Stop worrying about making decisions. Just make one. If it’s wrong, make a different one.” And while that seemed like a MAJOR oversimplification, it also seemed to make sense. The problem we overthinkers have is that we get stuck worrying (or at least I do) if the decision is going to be a good one for all the OTHER people it might involve. If I can let go of the people pleasing, I can let go of the overthinking.

    1. Hey Julie! Thanks so much for this lovely advice, I really appreciate it! It’s so helpful to me. Have a great week! xTieghan

  4. As a new follower, I’m not sure how to use the “Choose a Collection,” “Choose a Column,” “Choose a Category.” I can only get one collection other than the default and that is “My first recipe collection,” and neither of the other two categories will drop down. I’d appreciate any advice. Thank you for your lovely website.

  5. Hi there!!
    Thank you for all the inspiring me to cook good food!! I love to cook with whole foods. I was raised by my grandma and aunt to appreciate beautiful looking food. With both of them gone now, I feel them in my heart when I make your dishes. 🙂 No one gets the astatically appealing look of amazing dishing as much as I do.. until I discovered your dishes. My sister in law introduced me to your dishes. She had your first cookbook and I literally dreuled all over it. Funny thing is.. I still have not gotten one of your cookbooks! I have so many dishes that are my favorites of yours. I’ve already made three since Saturday. My family looovvvees them all. My husband is dying for me to make the Healthy Hamburger Helper dish. LOL! He was raised on that stuff…and I just cant do it!! LOL! Cant wait to make yours.
    Keep doing what your doing and sharing your good food!!
    Jenn 🙂

    1. Hi Jenn! Thank you so much for the kind words and taking the time to leave such a thoughtful compliment! So glad you are enjoying the blog and the recipes 🙂 Have a lovely week! xTieghan

  6. I’m certain this has been answered numerous times in numerous places, but how did you decide on the name Half Baked Harvest?

    1. Hi Tracy! My mom actually came up with it! I’ve always loved the word harvest, and my mom came up with the half baked part, because my family is a little crazy! 🙂 xTieghan

  7. Baby Oslo and I share the same birthday!! My husband and I headed to Maine to celebrate and enjoy the autumn colors. So excited to start making all your delicious fall recipes. My favorite time of year!!

  8. Love this list. Also definitely try trade coffee! I’ve been using them for months and the variety and unique roasters is great.

  9. Hello!

    Thank you so much for you’re amazing recipes! I use them all the time and always look forward to your posts on social media to see what you’re doing next. ? My husband and I have busy schedules so I don’t get to cook as much as I would like, but when I do have time, I find myself looking through your recipes. You’re such a talent!!

    Keep up the GREAT work !

    All the best,
    Mindie

    1. Hey Mindie! Thanks so much for taking the time to read these posts, it means so much! I hope you have a lovely week! 🙂 xTieghan

  10. Hi Tieghan!

    Thanks for another great Sunday post. Like many others, this makes “the day before Monday” a whole lot more lovable for me.

    I agree with Niki! I too would LOVE to see a cookbook dedicated to all things Holiday. “Half-Baked Holidays” would be another best seller, I suspect.

    I’d cue up to buy it.

    Whatever you do, I’m sure it will be great. Keep up the amazing work.

    1. Hi there! Thank you so much, I love the idea of a Holiday Cookbook! That would be so fun. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment! xTieghan

  11. Another wonderful Nine Favorite Things post! I love this series so so much!

    In answer to your question about overthinking — I have found that regular therapy sessions with a CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) focus has done wonders for my anxiety and tendency to overthink EVERYTHING.

    Since I know therapy can be daunting for some, there are plenty of free apps out there, too. I’ve been using WoeBot for the past two months and it’s incredibly easy to check in and challenge some “cognitive distortions” you may be experiencing (read: overthinking). You can then use these tools out in the real world, and recognise that the worst-case scenario you’ve played out in your head is just brain chemicals doing a little too much.

    Hope this helps!

  12. Hi Tieghan, I know so many ppl feel the same way, but I love love love reading your posts every Sunday first thing with a nice cup of hot coffee. Thank you so much for taking the time to do them. I have gotten some of the best product recommendations , vinterns daughter serum..amazing! Byredo candles the chai is beautiful and unique. Dying to check out the tree house next. I have a request or recommendation for a project for you. I would love to see a cookbook dedicated to just holidays. In particular Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas. Thank you again for all you do!!!!

    1. Hi Niki! Thank you so much for taking the time to read these posts, it really does mean so much to me that you enjoy them! 🙂 xTieghan

  13. Hi! Thanks for all the work you do! I especially love your photos-a lovely “beauty break” in my day! You live in one of our family’s favorite areas. We try to get a couple of days up there in the summer every year. Speaking of high altitude….I have been wondering how you test all of your cake and bread recipes? I have assumed that your recipes are written for a general audience and so have adjusted them accordingly (I’m at 6000 feet.) Do you have someone test them at a lower altitude or do you just change the amounts of your leavening when you post it? Just curious…your cakes always look so beautiful!

    1. Hi there! Thank you so much! As far as the question about altitude, I honestly never really account for altitude in my recipes! I just under bake everything and it usually turns out just fine 🙂 xTieghan